Thomas Tuchel fires warning to failing Chelsea forwards after Burnley win

Thomas Tuchel says his Chelsea forwards should be taking heed of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso after the defenders scored in the 2-0 win over Burnley on Sunday afternoon.
The two Spanish defenders were on the score sheet as Tuchel picked up his first victory as Blues boss.

Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner started the match, while Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz came on, but it was the veteran defenders that stole the headlines.

Summer signings Werner and Havertz have been really struggling to find the back of the net of late and Tuchel feels his defenders have sent a messasge to them as he identifies what his forwards have been struggling with.

‘We lack, in this moment, precision in the last pass, we lack precision in the last touch, in the finishing.

‘We will work on this, absolutely, because we had a lot of touches in the box, a lot of half chances, a lot of deliveries.

‘But in the end I cannot care less than we scored with Azpi and Marcos and in the end had a deserved win.’

Werner was clearly struggling for confidence against the Clarets, offering very little and missing a very good chance in the first half when he failed to make contact with the ball.

Tuchel is relaxed about the situation and feels it is normal for strikers to go through a confidence crisis, but expects the Germany international to come through it.

‘He’s not the only striker in the world that’s very sensitive when he does not score and he misses the feeling of scoring, no talks, no hugs no warm words can make up for this feeling.

‘That’s why maybe we need a stupid goal, a deflection, a silly goal for him that opens up this last percentage.

‘As long as the guys work, are reliable in their positions and work rate for the team, then we will push them.’

Tuchel added that the team did not help Werner to play to his strengths, with Burnley making it very difficult to hit them on the counter-attack.

‘We missed some chances to use him in counter-attacks which is his strength, we have to also improve that,’ he said. ‘At the same time, I think he was confident to play but that is not something you can demand.

Chelsea climbed to seventh in the table with the dominant victory over Burnley as they hunt down a Champions League place.

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